I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve been here!! I wish I could say I haven’t posted because all of our projects are complete and our house is immaculate, but as I type on my phone amid a pile of unfolded laundry, I am realizing how badly I need a new laptop and a winning lottery ticket…
Since I last logged in, another summer has passed, full of barbecues and fairs, a beach visit and a camping weekend. The air is turning crisp and clear and it’s almost time to start raking leaves. We have a cat. A dear friend moved nearby and two others moved out of state. Six of my friends had babies. Six! A friend passed away. I had a big surgery and I started a new job. Our vegetable garden was an epic failure, but my big planter of flowers is still blooming. My beautiful sister married her longtime boyfriend, making him *officially* my brother-in-law, and it was a damn fun party.
The world goes round. We almost got most of the peeling paint on the front porch scraped off. We’re planning a better garden for next year. Some days we’ve just slept in and done nothing at all.
So I’m welcoming myself back and taking things one step at a time. Like the rest of life, working on this house is a joy and a challenge and I always wish there were more hours in the day.
But today was a great day. With the help of my brother-in-law, I tackled the garden area on the side of the house, digging out tons and tons of bulbs that have been multiplying like crazy and getting rid of giant weeds. I might buy a couple of shrubs to put in. I’m going to replant the bulbs so come spring we will have healthier daffodils, tulips and lilly-of-the-valley.
It’s now a pretty clean slate where I can attempt to grow whatever I choose. I haven’t done much of this before, so I’m learning as I go.
As previously threatened, I’m starting a new series called People Who Visit Us. If you’re wondering, YES I am kicking myself for not starting this ages ago! So that means all the people who have been visiting us since we moved are just gonna have to come back and hang out with us again. We promise not to make you work too much!!
Each PWVU subject will have to answer the same few questions. I reserve the right to comment. I mean, it’s my blog, right?
How do you know the Larsens? Chinatown gang bang club (since first gang bang)
Describe yourself in three words: Gang bang enthusiast
(editorial note: we met at Fordham)
What’s your favorite book? Soap Opera Digest
What did you eat at the Larsens’? Really good fajitas (why I’m moving to Peekskill)
(editorial note: Chris & I also drank margaritas)
Did you win at cornhole? I lost to Chris once in a shut out and beat you because you defaulted by retiring from the match (and I had a significant lead). In other words, you abandoned my Cornhole just as I was starting to feel good about it.
Did you leave sober, tipsy or shitcanned? (or did you sleep over) — Sober. Get it in writing while you can.
Where are you visiting next? Cape Cod: Falmouth, MA
hell yeah they were good fajitas! on the grill and everything. Flank steak, peppers, onoins, etc.
chips & salsa in my retro-new bowl
The Larsens’ Turn:
Peter is the best! He is mega-talented, funny, honest and a true friend. He is one of those friends where years can pass with a facebook check in here & there, and then you hang out and it’s like no time has passed. I think we will be friends with Peter forever.
What was that weird feeling I was having all weekend?? Oh, yeah, it was FUN. Life has intruded in so many ways the past few months, it was nice to kick back, cook a nice meal, enjoy some quality time with our friends and eat, drink and LAUGH. Hell, we even caught a parade!! All in honor of my fantastic husband’s birthday — the third one we got to celebrate in our house. Number one was terrifying, as we’d been in the house for two weeks, the kitchen was sealed off and we had a fridge and a microwave in the dining room. Two was much more organized. And three was the best one yet. I’m looking forward to many, many more!!
casually posing in the living room … my friends are weird
waiting for the parade to begin
we had a couple of very cute parade-viewing neighbors
hey, these two aren’t so bad either!
the littlest step dancers
an olde timey lady! Old! Timey!
Ready, aim …
(that was fun. and loud)
i like their outfits
this is Abraham Lincoln and a little leprauchan. Yup.
And that’s it. When you hear the words “stop doing that,” you may automatically give it a negative slant. WRONG! YOU’RE WRONG AND BAD ALREADY!! (I’m kidding). I like this list. It’s simple, clean, lean and mean and also …. kind. And true.
There’s a whole world out there and we get so little time. The space between getting rid of these negative habits and replacing them with nourishing self-care kind of goodness is…. vast. You can do it. I can do it! And one of the most important ones (my own addition to the list, if I may be so bold) … is to stop thinking that just because you try this shit once and it doesn’t stick, doesn’t mean that you should not try, try, try, try again. Every day is a new opportunity to go for it, as only you can. So get out there and do it! I believe in you. I really do.
So there. Read the list. Give it a whirl. Or just say one of the things while whirling yourself in a circle… (because I bet that would be pretty fun, provided you move any breakable items within the diameter of your twirl and are wearing appropriate footwear or are barefoot and are NOT on board a moving bit of mass transportation …)
And don’t worry– my blog will be back to household triumphs and mishaps sooner rather than later. I’m just feeling a little existential these days … Call it it the end of winter blues… Or watching the poor Denver Broncos get the stuffing kicked out of them, but still thinking — “well, they made it to the SUPER BOWL, so that’s still pretty good, right??” I might be taking this positive thinking thing to detrimental levels …. Now there’s a conundrum …
Let me know what you think of that list!! And thank you for reading.